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Price: Looking back on an incredible career

Habs netminder overtook Jacques Plante for most wins by a goaltender in franchise history on Tuesday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - With a 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday, goaltender Carey Price earned the 315th win of his career - all of them with the Canadiens - vaulting him past Jacques Plante into first place in franchise history for all-time wins among goaltenders.

The native of Anahim Lake, BC joins some elite company: he will become the fifth goaltender to conclude a season as the Canadiens' all-time wins leader (joining Plante, Bill Durnan, George Hainsworth, and Georges Vezina). He is also one of 16 goaltenders in NHL history to record at least 300 wins with one franchise and now sits two shy of matching Chris Osgood (317 wins with the Detroit Red Wings) for fourth-most career wins by a goaltender with an Original Six franchise.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bravo @CP0031! #GoHabsGo

Here's a brief look back at the All-World netminder's incredible career thus far.

After Sidney Crosby went first overall at the 2005 Draft, the Canadiens made Price their first-round pick with the fifth overall selection in Ottawa.

Video: Canadiens draft Carey Price in the 2005 NHL Draft

Price would play out the remainder of his Junior career with the WHL's Tri-City Americans, capping off his years as an amateur by winning gold at the 2007 World Junior Championship in Sweden. He was named MVP and top goaltender of the tournament.

Video: Carey Price highlights from WJC 2007

After the Americans were eliminated from the 2007 WHL playoffs, Price joined the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. He took part in two regular-season games before leading the Habs' minor-league affiliate to their first Calder Cup championship and winning playoff MVP honors for his efforts. Price became just the third goaltender in AHL history - and the first since Patrick Roy in 1985 - to lead his team to the league championship as a teenager.

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Price played his first-ever NHL game on October 10, 2007, helping the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Crosby and the Penguins in Pittsburgh. He made 26 saves and was named the game's second star.

On February 16, 2008, Price turned aside 34 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre to earn the first of his 43 career shutouts thus far.

Price was the starter as the Canadiens faced the archrival Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, and he helped them to a first-round win over Boston in seven games. He blanked the Bruins twice in the series, becoming the first Montreal rookie to earn a playoff shutout since Roy in 1986, according to CBC.

In his sophomore season, Price was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. He has gone on to become a six-time All-Star, and though he was selected for a seventh time in 2018-19, he did not take part in this year's event in San Jose.

In 2014, Price represented his country again, this time as an Olympian. He was stellar in Sochi, allowing just three goals against in five contests. Price and Team Canada won gold, and Price was named the tournament's top goaltender with a 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, and two shutouts.

The good times kept on rolling for Price the following season. He helped the Canadiens clinch the Atlantic division with a 110-point campaign, and set career highs for wins (44), goals-against average (1.96), save percentage (.933), and shutouts (9). The 44-win campaign was also a new franchise record. Price won the Vezina and Hart trophies as well as the Ted Lindsay Award, and shared the William Jennings trophy with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Carey Price with Ted Lindsay a few hours before the NHL Awards.

On April 3, 2018 Price played his 557th career game, which moved him ahead of Plante to become the Canadiens' most-used goaltender in franchise history.

Video: Habs legends congratulate Price on surpassing Plante

This season, Price surpassed Roy for second all-time in wins on the Canadiens. He accomplished the feat in fitting fashion, stopping 33 pucks in a 3-0 shutout win over the Bruins in Boston on October 27 for the 290th victory of his career.

Video: MTL@BOS: Price blanks Bruins to make club history

The veteran backstop became a proud papa for the second time on December 28, welcoming baby Millie into the world along with wife Angela and daughter Liv. Carey and Angela were married in August 2013, while Liv was born in May 2016.

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